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By Gregory L. Blackstock

Glossy existence is an ever-accelerating barrage of individuals, structures, automobiles, creatures, and issues. How a lot can a curious brain soak up? And what can it do with the entire information? Gregory L. Blackstock, a retired Seattle pot washing machine, attracts order out of the entire chaos with a pencil, a black marker, and a few crayons.

Blackstock is autistic and a creative savant. He creates visible lists of every little thing from wasps to hats to emergency automobiles to noisemakers. within the spirit of the Outsider paintings of Henry Darger and Howard Finster, Blackstock makes artwork that's stirring in its large quantity and element and encouraging in its easy good looks. He hasn't ever got formal creative education, but his renderings in actual fact and beguilingly convey sophisticated adjustments and similaritiesenabling the viewer to work out, for instance, the precise positive factors of a dolly varden, a Pacific Coast steelhead cutthroat, and fourteen different varieties of trout.

Each assortment is lovingly captioned in Blackstock's distinct hand with texts that replicate evidence from his examine in addition to his passions and personal tastes. Blackstock's Collections comprises over a hundred striking examples of his wonderfully unique taxonomy, delivering a special glance contained in the brain of a guy making experience of existence via art.

Monsters of the Deep
significant Forestry Pests
the good Cabbage Family
The Spatulas
the realm conflict II U.S. Bombers
The Buoys
King Sized Jails
Monsters of the Past
Classical Clowns
nice Italian Roosters
Our nation Lighthouses
The Irish Joys

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This little clinic in particular, which will also be another major element of the opera village, is an important indicator of art’s powers of healing. Art can heal! Art is balm for the soul. And at some point there will surely also be a Remdoogo festival of film, music, and art. Not an attempt to compete with other creative artists in the city, but a festival that carries the radiant power of Burkina Faso out into the world. Yet it is a long way until we get there, a path to which our school will be central; we hope to open parts of it as early as this October.

He is more than what we have made him into! And more than anything he is boundless! Long live the opera village! To look into the face of a human being who has been helped is to look into a fair country, friend friend friend. 105 FIRST COLLAGES, SKETCHES, AND PLANS REMDOOGO 107 LOOKING FOR A SITE IN BURKINA FASO – NOVEMBER 1, 2009 REMDOOGO 109 THE SITE IS FOUND – NOVEMBER 4, 2009 SIGNING OF THE CONTRACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT – NOVEMBER 5, 2009 MODELS BY FRANCIS KÉRÉ – JANUARY 2010 REMDOOGO 111 TRANSPORT OF CONTAINERS – FEBRUARY 5, 2010 REMDOOGO LAYING OF THE FOUNDATIONAL STONE – FEBRUARY 8, 2010 113 AN UNDERGROUND WATER LINE WAS FOUND!

There is a film by the famous German director Detlef Sierck whose title, Imitation of Life, describes precisely the sensation I always felt when I was in Africa. In the countries of this continent, everything was much more concrete. It was more direct, harder, sometimes so hard that I was glad to leave as well. But the concrete life and often also the very hard struggle for survival in some African countries made me feel that I had lost myself. I had become pretty glutted and self-satisfied. And I—like all of us in Europe—lived at the expense of people who had no chance to survive or to take their lives in their own hands.

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